NOVEMBER 17, 2008

The future of Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello will not be testing for the Honda team this week in Barcelona and that seems to suggest that the Brazilian veteran may have had his last race with the team. There have been a few odd rumours about Rubens doing negotiating with Scuderia Toro Rosso but at 36, with a record number of Grands Prix behind him, Barrichello may be able to sell his experience but has had trouble proving his commitment to Honda, despite having had a long relationship with Ross Brawn at Ferrari.

The team has now announced its testing roster and Jenson Button and test driver Wurz will complete the main test programme focusing on the 2009 rule changes and slicks tyres, while Brazilians Lucas Di Grassi and Bruno Senna will each do a day and a half of testing to evaluate their performance with a view to deals for 2009.